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Springfield Law Firms Seeks To Have Wittenberg Lawsuit Dismissed

Wittenberg is claiming the firm of Martin, Brown, Hull and Harper provided bad legal advice.

A Springfield law firm wants a misconduct lawsuit dismissed against it that was filed by Wittenberg University earlier this year.

Wittenberg claimed in the lawsuit that the firm of Martin, Brown, Hull and Harper provided bad legal advice that caused the school to suffer severe financial losses. The complaint alleges that two partners in the law firm had several conflicts of interest while representing the university. They're seeking $25,000 in damages.

One of those conflicts was the university's use of endowment funds to purchase the Springfield Museum of Art in 2010.

The museum at the time of the purchase was operating with a projected deficit of more than $300,000. Wittenberg's lawsuit states that one of the law firm's partners was on the museum's board of directors at the time.

Attorneys representing Martin, Brown, Hull and Harper filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed claiming the statute of limitations ran out four years ago. The firm denied any wrongdoing, saying Wittenberg board members approved the museum deal.

University officials and attorneys for the law firm couldn't comment on this story since the lawsuit is still pending.